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.s. military strike on syria. president obama is making his case to congress, and we look at the family secrets of the syrian leader. >>> sleeping pills, a wakeup call for americans. a new truth about how many of us are using them and what they do to your body. >>> and behind the headlines tonight, the wife of george zimmerman speaking out, what she says happened the night before trayvon martin was shot. >>> good evening and tonight america's biggest game is generating the biggest headline, a massive settlement between the national football league and thousands of former players. some of them the best players in the game who say they're now living with devastation from all those concussions in the sport they loved. these are the numbers tonight. the nfl promising $765 million in more than 4,500 lawsuits from retired players. is this enough money and is money alone enough? dan harris right here and he's been covering the story all day. >> reporter: this is a story that has provoked so many visceral emotions. you have a league that's a profit-generating machine, fans that really love the hard hit
and her. and millie and miss beasley and as of right now sunny the obamas' new pet add on. and just like bo and all the others, sunny is going to get lked about. # there'll be necessary dog puns puppy-in-chief, first dog. and there'll be flashbacks. fdr mocking republicans for making an issue of his little dog fala. i object he said. george bush and his self and dog portrait of barney, the scottish terrier he loved. and his dad's spring spaniel millie and her mind for foreing policy. >> my dog millie knows more about foreign affairs than these two bozos. >> reporter: of course we'll hear about harry truman having said, "if you want a friend in washington get a dog." in general, white house canines have known their place but bush's barney got annoyed at a reporter once. >> pete once tore a pant leg off the french ambassador that got him banned from the white house. also lbj signing a meat inspection bill and up hops yuki. # comeuppance perhaps for a president who hoisted his beagles like this. so why do we care sunny? well, you're the dog of a president now. and dogs makes presidents huma
a long way in rejecting in the kind of attitudes that we're seeing there. >> reporter: president obama outlined new measures to reform the top secret surveillance programs revealed by fugitive nsa leaker, edward snowden, including putting a new "civil liberties" officer at the nsa and promising to reveal more about the once-secret programs. >> we can and must be more transparent. >> reporter: but not when it comes to drone strikes. in a response to the latest global terror threat, the u.s. has carried out six drone strikes in the last two weeks. in the interest of transparency, can you tell us about these drone strikes that we've seen over the last couple of weeks in yemen? >> i'm not going to discuss specific operations that have taken place. >> so you won't even confirm that we've carried out drone strikes in yemen? >> i will not have a discussion about operational issues. >> reporter: the spy program reforms announced today would not have happened almost certainly withouthe leaks of edward snowden. that has some people today calling him a hero. the president said he's a lawbreaker,
in the cross hairs. >>> now to washington. where today president obama called out the president of russia about the olympics and gay rights and a lot more. abc's chief white house correspondent jonathan karl was there. >> reporter: the president talked for the first time about canceling his meeting next month with russian president vladimir putin, saying that despite the tension, they have a decent personal relationship. >> i know the press likes to focus on body language, and he's got that kind of slouch, looking like the bored kid in the back of the classroom. but the truth is, is that when we're in conversations together, oftentimes, it's very productive. >> reporter: the president said he is offended by russia's new anti-gay law, where foreigners could go to jail, for quote, promoting homosexuality, but when it comes to the upcoming winter olympics in russia -- >> i do no think it's appropriate to boycott the olympics. one of the things i'm really looking forward to is maybe some gay and lesbian athletes bringing home the gold, the silver, or the bronze. which i think would go a long way in
as president obama leaves no doubt tonight in an interview with pbs that syria's president assad has crossed a red line. >> when countries break international norms on weapons like chemical weapons that could threaten us, they will be held accountable. >> reporter: the president said he has not yet made a decision to strike, but if one is launched, it would be aimed at preventing another chemical attack, not in taking sides in syria's bloody civil war. there are dozens of potential targets, but likely among them facilities storing vehicles which could launch chemical weapons like this storage depot near damascus. >> the president wants to prevent assad from using chemical weapons on his people but he can't hit the chemical weapons storage sites directly. >> reporter: if the u.s. wants to take aim on the military, it could strike the vital mezze airfield or american missiles could lock on a symbolic target like the minute industries of defense in damascus. as syria waits, so does israel. today in jerusalem, families stocked up on gas masks, fear a retaliatory strike. if america does act, offi
carney said president obama was given no prior notice by the russians. it's unclear if president obama will meet with russian president putin as scheduled in september. >>> another story out of russia one that could rock team usa before the winter olympics begin. the russian government making threats about gay athletes and gay rights. could some americans be arrested before they get to compete? >> reporter: in over six months russia helps to welcome the world into the winter olympics in sochi. today the russian sports minister warned that athletes and spectators could be targeted if they violate the country's new anti-gay law, threatening fines, deportation and even jail. speaking about homosexuality around mine orors or displaying a rainbow flag are illegal since the law was signed in june. but johnny weir, a two time olympian and openly gay american figure skater says the law isn't going to stop him. >> i'll take proper precautions but at the same time i won't stop being myself. i won't stop being johnny weir, the gay fabulous ice skater person walking down the street. >> reporter: h
the world. president obama has cancelled an upcoming summit, a meeting with president of russia, vladimir putin. it was to be next month. he did it right after russia gave nsa leaker edward snowden asylum and tonight two of the most powerful leaders on the planet are shadow boxing as the world watches. here's abc's white house correspondent jonathan karl. >> reporter: the last time these two got together the body language spoke louder than their words, sometimes grimacing, never agreeing on much of anything. now a new low, not just for putin and obama, but for russia and the u.s. for the first time since the cold war, a u.s. president is cancelling a publicly announced meeting in russia. it's not just putin's decision to grant asylum to fugitive nsa leaker edward snowden. he has also defied the u.s. by selling heavy weapons to the syrian government as its accused of slaughtering its own people. the president vented about it last night with jay leno. >> there have been times where they slipped back into cold war thinking and a cold war mentality. what i say to president putin is, that's th
. this is our lives. >> reporter: today president obama weighing in. >> we call on those who are protesting to do so peacefully and condemn the attacks we've seen by protestors including on churches. >> reporter: in the wake of the military's bloody crackdown, with more than 600 dead, obama cancelled a joint military exercise but didn't stop the flow of $1.3 billion america gives egypt every year. despite the bloodshed, egypt is seen as too important to the u.s., helping to keep peace in a violent region and fighting terror. it's not lost on the families of the dead. >> this is murder. you can't kill your own people and get away with it. >> reporter: all day at this makeshift morgue, empty caskets streamed in and coffins with bodies streamed out. >> reporter: standing here you can feel the anger rising in the air. every minute new bodies are being carried out. as we pushed our way inside with the stench of death surrounding us, this woman telling us, america will pay the price for this massacre, saying the next terrorists will come from the families of those who were killed here. on the way
be quickly dissipating. david, tonight president obama has directed the intelligence community to do everything possible to find additional information about this suspected attack, but we don't know what the u.s. response would be. david? >> martha raddatz with us again tonight. thank you. >>> also new word this evening on americans now believed to have joined the fight on the ground in syria potentially helping terrorist groups there. could those americans, in fact, pose a threat to our homeland. our senior justice correspondent pierre thomas sat down with fbi director robert muller today. >> we know muller is about to step down after 12 years. this was really something today in your interview expressing real concern about americans on the ground in syria? >> reporter: the fbi director is concerned about radicals who have gone to fight including members of al qaeda, and he said there is intelligence americans may have joined them. >> you are concerned about what they -- number one, the associations they will make and secondly, the expertise they will develop and whether or not they
the top of the obama administration today. john kerry called it deplorable. they repeatedly warned egyptians not to crack down on this and they ignored it. but the bottom line is that we've just heard words, diane. there is no suggestion that anything will be done to punish egypt for this. the flow of $1 billion in aid will continue to flow. and i've heard no serious suggestion here that it would be cut off. >> and we keep seeing, there's so much resting on this, tell us the first and maybe most important thing, most important reverberation we'll feel in the u.s. >> reporter: just think of the terror threat. the fear here is that chaos in egypt will spread throughout that region. this is the most important, biggest country in the arab world, by far. the fear is that chaos breeds extremism, which breeds terrorism and you saw what happened, we had a global terror threat that shut down all of our embassies. they cannot see something like this spread further from egypt. >> crucial days ahead. thank you, jonathan karl. >>> and from egypt now, we turn back here to the united states, and
an announcement that the obama administration may be dealing a bruising blow to the program "head start" designed to helped preschool children catch up on education. word tonight the administration says the sequester forced cuts but critics say there may have been another way. tonight 57,000 children are facing the possibility they will no longer get educational support. >>> now we turn to the late breaking news out of southern california about legendary actor dick van dyke, pulled from the wreckage of his car. the car exploded, the 87-year-old recovering tonight. abc's gio benitez has the latest breaking details. ♪ >> reporter: he's the 87-year-old iconic hollywood star known for his famous role in mary poppins. but dick van dyke's drama on california's highway 101 looks more like a scene out of an action movie, his car catching fire, the engine exploding, leaving behind this charred mess. but van dyke alive and well joking about the off duty fire fighter who pulled him out of his car. >> they yanked me out of the car. i was trying to call the dm. very exciting. >> reporter: he was on his way
has said that before. almost a year to the day president obama warning syria about crossing a red line. >> we have communicated in no uncertain terms with every player in the region that that's a red line for us. >> reporter: but two months ago when the white house said it was convinced assad had carried out a small scale chemical attack, the red line seemed to blur. little was done in response. what is not debatable is the human toll. i want to show you some images. thousands of families streaming out of syria, escaping the bloodshed. among them, a child, diane, who will become the one millionth young syrian to flee. a sad milestone. >> it is. those are amazing pictures, martha, and thank you tonight. by the way, as martha knows, 10,000 syrians flee every single day. >>> back here at home today we learned what the punishment will be for an historic breach of national secrets. bradley manning, the army private who leaked hundreds of thousands of documents to wikileaks was sentenced to 35 years in prison today. he reportedly appeared cheerful and told his lawyers, "this is just a stage
that it is true. >> make no mistake, president obama believes there must be accountability for those who would use the world's most heinous weapons against the world's most vulnerable people. >> reporter: images from the attack are hard to watch. secretary kerry spoke about the hundreds, maybe thousands of innocents who were killed. >> as a father, i can't get the image out of my head of a man who held up his dead child, wailing while chaos swirled around him, the images of entire families dead in their beds without a drop of blood or a visible wound, bodies contorting in spasms, human suffering that we can never ignore or forget. >> reporter: such strong words from top u.s. officials leave little doubt the u.s. plans military action against syria's assad regime as three key allies, britain, france and turkey, say they will back a military response, u.n. mandate or not. assad himself remains defiant, warning that the u.s. would fail as in vietnam. diane, u.s. officials say the purpose of any military strike would be to deter and prevent syria from launching any more chemical weapons attacks which
to ask a top obama administration official responsible for most of the spending, larry strickling. >> can we ask him a couple of questions before the hearing? >> no, no. >> reporter: after being grilled by members of congress -- >> what have we got for $2.8 million? >> reporter: he refused to stop. he did defend the program. >> we're quite happy with the program. >> reporter: happy? members of congress say they still can't get answers, and ask how much really was wasted? david kerley, abc news, washington. >>> and we thank all of you who wrote us about our watch dog reports on facebook last night. we want to hear more of your thoughts. keep them coming. >>> still ahead here on "world news," a close society under the spotlight tonight, secrets revealed. do the amish really have a mafia? >> and the image rocketed around the world, the story behind this now very famous picture. at humana, our medicare agents sit down with you and ask. hanging out with this guy. he's just the love of my life. [ male announcer ] getting to know you is how we help you choose the humana medicare plan that works
tonight after an announcement that the obama administration may be dealing a bruising blow to the program head start designed to helped preschool children catch up on education. word tonight the administration says the sequester forced cuts but critics say there may have been another way. tonight 57,000 children are facing the possibility they will no longer get educational support. >>> and a big headline for these last weeks of summer. lyme disease is on the move and the cdy now reports that ten times as many people are being infected as previously thought. what is going on? abc's chief medical editor dr. richard besser is here. what's behind these numbers? that's a huge increase? >> this is dramatic. the previous estimate was 30,000 cases per year. now data, 300,000 cases of lyme disease every year, mainly in the northeast, increasing in the u.s. mainly because of milder winters. >> meaning the ticks last longer? >> they have a longer period in which they can bite. >> let me ask you this because as you know i hate it when doctors say flu-like symptoms. is there anything else that can al
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